The NOVELNY Program : Meeting Minutes
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Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 16, 2007, Conference Call
10:00-11:00 A.M.

Present:   Barraco, Bartle, Bolton, Choltco-Devlin, Desch, Duncan, Ebert, Ericson, Fiske, Gundrum, Howe, Janowsky, Killian, Krupczak, McDonald, Pope, Storms, Stripling, Todd, Tuliao, Weisman, Wyrwa

Absent:  Bardyn, Borges, Cannell, Doll, Hatch, Katzin, Klose, Kuntz, Roe, Walsh, Welch, Woodward

Recorder:   Deitz

Welcome/Approval of Minutes—Randy Ericson

Randy welcomed everyone to the conference call and a roll call followed.  The minutes of the March 28, 2007 meeting were approved with a minor modification.

2008-09 Draft Legislative Proposals and Strategies for Enhancing NOVELNY—Loretta Ebert

Loretta Ebert shared some ideas for a 2008-2009 Legislative Proposal that would strengthen and enhance NOVELNY.  She mentioned several possible components of a potential $15 million proposal, including:

  • The expansion in the number and kind of NOVELNY databases;
  • Professional development and online training for library staff;
  • 24/7 online homework help;
  • New York History Digitization Project; and
  • Early Literacy Resources and Educational Software for Parents and Caregivers.

Advocacy Efforts with State Legislators—Randy Ericson

Following is a listing of suggested strategies:

  • Make sure we understand why we have not been successful.
  • Stress the equity factor.
  • Base our strategy on the NJKI approach—targeting the business community.
  • Clarify what other states are doing and work toward a line item in the budget for NOVELNY, using statistics from the 34 states that offer free online access to fee-based content.
  • LSTA money was the “pilot project.”  Now it is time for the enhanced NOVELNY to support homework help, early literacy learning and high-end content helpful to business and higher education. 
  • Highlight a business component that already exists in NOVELNY, and demonstrate new business audiences benefiting from an enhanced NOVELNY .
  • Prepare talking points for legislators to use with their constituents:  “My vote for NOVELNY helped K-12 students with homework.”  “My vote for NOVELNY enabled young children to become early readers.”  Barbara Stripling (and all Steering Committee members) will send Maribeth Krupczak ( a full range of sample sentences for use with State legislators.
  • LSTA funds are declining due to the decrease in population growth in New York State in comparison to other fast-growing states like California and Arizona.  Without an increase in funding at the Federal level or the beginning of State funding, there will be pressure on NOVELNY and the grant programs administered by the New York State Library. (Decline in funding would be a more compelling argument.)
  • If there is State funding for NOVELNY, Federal money can be directed to other needs aligned with LSTA objectives (and show why that is desirable).
  • Keep it simple!
  • Getting to end users:  How they use it?  Why they use it?  Three ways NOVELNY helps users.
  • There has been a shift in user interest from bibliographical and reference databases to resources that help users live their lives better; e.g., test booklets, genealogy databases, health and business databases:  Value Line, Ancestry.
  • A story or quote can be more powerful than pages of statistics.  Beverly Choltco-Devlin will review the focus group comments from the Himmel and Wilson report at to identify compelling stories or quotes for use with legislators.
  • Consider incorporating outcomes from Eleanor Carter’s Outcome Based Evaluation reports into the strategies.  “What have people developed?”  Linda Todd will contact Eleanor Carter to ask if she has any projects dealing with NOVELNY and outcomes.
  • There should be more focus on promoting articles in full text.

Business Community Input:  Desirable Additions to NOVELNY—Sarah Conrad Weisman

Ms. Weisman asked the Steering Committee to consider ways to reach the business community:  How can we make them aware of what NOVELNY does offer, and get their input and support on what it could offer to benefit small business?  A number of Steering Committee members are involved in the business community:  The Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and other volunteer organizations.  Can anyone think of connections to R&D (small business development vendors, tech parks); e.g., Cristina’s provost?  In addition, community colleges have contact with small business development vendors; this may be another resource through community colleges in the State.  Speaking with Michael Borges, NYLA, is another option. 

In order to gain input from the business community, the Steering Committee members will consider opportunities to speak before these groups (the “Speakers Bureau) to introduce them to NOVELNY or to expand upon their knowledge and understanding of NOVELNY.  In making presentations, include the databases we already offer and try to determine what they need.  Based on past experience with the business community, databases offering comparative data on their wish list are:  Dunn and Bradstreet Reports, the Wall Street Journal, Lexis Nexus, and Dialog.  The business community is sometimes unaware that they can access these sources on their own for a fee.  Prior to meeting with the business community, it is important to frame what information we might be able to provide to them for free, as well as information not included in NOVELNY, but still available to them if they choose to pay (e.g., for article delivery). 

Barbara Stripling suggested mining information on sponsors from the business community from a 2006 national study, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, at  (See About Us/Members for a listing of sponsors.)

Beverly Choltco-Devlin mentioned that Mid-York Library System has booths at business shows in the community to let the business community know the resources they offer.  They feature a table with project displays and a computer. 

The New York State Library is currently compiling a list of state agencies that deal with economic development, which will be shared with the Steering Committee when available.

Comments and Questions on Report Items—Randy Ericson

  • Portal Project—Liza Duncan

We now have the Phase 2 survey results from the four participants (Albany Public Library, Wallkill High School, Monroe County Library System, and Orange County Community College).  Within the next few weeks, Liza will write a report and review it with the four participants.  She would like to have a conference call with the Steering Committee on June 28 from 3-4 PM to discuss the report (which will be provided prior to the call for review). 

  • Database Renewals—Maribeth Krupczak

 The general periodical contract will end in August 2007.  If we have a viable option in terms of cost and coverage, we will ask the members of NECAT and NECAT+ to evaluate the product(s).

Per Loretta Ebert, comments on the current databases are always welcome!

Other—Maribeth Krupczak

A NYLINE message will be sent by Janet M. Welch in June regarding nominations to the Steering Committee.  Think about people you know who could be good additions to the group—geographically and by library type—who you could nominate or who would be willing to self-nominate.

*****Action Items*****

  • Barbara Stripling (and all Steering Committee members) will send Maribeth Krupczak ( a full range of sentences for use with State legislators. 
  • Linda Todd will contact Eleanor Carter to ask if she has any projects dealing with NOVELNY and outcomes.

The conference call ended at 11:00 A.M.

Future Meetings:       Thursday, June 28, 3-4 PM, Portal Project Conference Call
                                    Wednesday, September 19, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM, NYS Library